SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California (Oct. 6, 20130) — One person was killed and three suffered major injuries early Saturday morning when a suspected drunk driver crossed over the roadway into opposing traffic and struck the taxicab, according to a report by The San Jose Mercury News.
Just before 4 a.m., CHP officers say Zachary Katz, 24, of Stanford was driving his Infiniti sedan on Highway 101 when he allegedly veered over from the northbound to the southbound lanes and struck the taxi head on near Sierra Point, the report said.
The taxi overturned into the shoulder of the roadway and in the process struck another driver in a Mazda who was in the southbound lanes. One man traveling as a passenger in the taxi was ejected from the vehicle during the collision and died at the scene. The taxi driver, a 31-year-old Emeryville man, and another taxi passenger, were both injured and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Police say the taxi passengers were not wearing seatbelts in the car.
No one in the Mazda was injured, but Katz also suffered major injuries and is expected to be charged with DUI.
“Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be held criminally and civilly liable for injuries or the wrongful death of anyone involved in a crash with them,” said Attorney West Thomas.
–The Thomas Law Firm